The man is from Hela Province and is facing allegations in court that he stole K390,000 from his neighbor at Gerehu, by pretending he owned the property he lived on which his neighbour intended to buy off.
Leonard Hawakaya, 55, of Pureni village, Koroba district was arrested by police and charged on Oct 21, 2016 with stealing and obtaining a sum of K390, 000 by false presence.
His case briefly came for mention this week in court and was adjourned for another month to give police more time to investigate it.
Police allege that between Oct 15, 2015 and Feb 23,2016, at Gerehu stage 3, Hawakaya pretended to be the owner of a property, section 301, allotment 14 and received monies from his neighbor, Pim Taka with intent to defraud him.
The property was not owned by Hawakaya who was occupying it with his family at the time.
Installment payments of K290, 000 and K100, 000 were made to Hawakaya when he allegedly requested monies to be paid for him to clear the land title.
Picture source: Clutton Cox